20 Must-Try Menu Items to Stay on Track While You Stay HomeArticle posted in: Nutrisystem
Staying home and practicing social distancing may be the most important thing we can do for our health and for the health of our communities in the face of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we stay home and practice social distancing, it’s essential to keep our health, nutrition and fitness in check.
According to CNBC.com, data from 68,000 fitness trackers found that activity levels are down 39 percent year-over-year since we started staying home during the Coronavirus quarantine. Others have talked about potential weight gain from overeating, whether it’s because we’re eating more pasta, grazing while we’re bored or munching on junk food due to stress.
The stress during the Coronavirus pandemic is real. Many are trying to do their regular job while juggling a new job as a home-school teacher, worrying about loved ones they can’t see or just getting a bit of cabin fever. We’re all feeling a bit more anxious right now.
Nutrisystem wants to help however we can. That’s why our meal delivery services have continued during this time of social distancing and self isolation, and our dedicated staff is still here to support you. Our menu items may also offer some comfort in this time, helping you enjoy foods you love while keeping your health and wellness on track. We’re here for you and want to take away the burden and stress of healthy eating.
Start with a healthy, delicious breakfast.
Long-time work-from-homers and telecommuters will tell you that establishing a routine is crucial to reducing stress and remaining productive during your adjusted workday! Making sure to start each day with a healthy breakfast can help kickstart that daily routine and keep your eating on-plan throughout the day. A survey from The National Weight Control Registry found that the majority of people who maintained a 30-pound weight loss for one year or more ate a breakfast. Another study, published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, found that skipped meals can cause metabolic issues that lead to abdominal weight gain.
Try some of these all-time favorite healthy breakfast options from the Nutrisystem menu to get things moving in the right direction while you work from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
1. Cinnamon Roll >
As if you need to be convinced to eat one of these gooey, sweet rolls, this breakfast treat is portioned right at just 180 calories. As one member said, it keeps her sweet tooth in check while letting her enjoy “a nice, hot sweet sticky breakfast!”
2. Double Chocolate Muffin >
This chocolatey muffin is stuffed with chocolate chips for double the chocolatey goodness. It’s a favorite of Marie Osmond and almost all of our Nutrisystem Success Stories. Marie’s secret: Warm it up for a gooey A.M. treat that makes for a perfectly healthy breakfast idea!
3. Buttermilk Waffles >
Members say these are the best frozen waffles they’ve ever had. They’re definitely an easy healthy breakfast staple. With three grams of filling fiber, the Buttermilk Waffles will help you feel satisfied long after the breakfast table’s been cleared.
4. Turkey Sausage Egg Muffin >
This egg muffin keeps the calories low without sacrificing the size and flavor. One member says it’s just like the muffin from their favorite coffee shop, while another says it’s on par with “non-diet” breakfast sandwiches for size, texture and taste. The bonus here? You can savor this quick and healthy breakfast while staying on your meal plan!
5. Canadian-style Turkey Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin >
If you’re used to grabbing an egg muffin from the drive-thru on the way to work, this healthy breakfast for weight loss is for you. It’s got the same flavor and fluffy egg but with 90 fewer calories than America’s most popular muffin sandwich. Plus, you can stay home and have it hot and fresh from your own kitchen!
Tackle stress eating with your favorite comfort foods.
Comfort foods really do provide comfort: Research, published in Psychological Science, found that eating these classics can help ease feelings of loneliness. Nutrisystem has always made comfort foods easy and healthy. With our healthy comfort food menu items, you’ll never have to choose between indulging your cravings for comfort foods and staying on your meal plan.
6. Roasted Turkey Medallions >
Savory turkey, mashed potatoes and flavorful gravy—it doesn’t get much more comfort-food than that. With 21 grams of protein, this five-star-rated healthy comfort food will also help you feeling full and satisfied.
7. Hamburger >
Just because you can’t go out for dinner while social distancing, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a burger. This just-right-sized patty hits the spot. Top it with lettuce, tomatoes, some dill chips and your favorite condiments for a fully loaded burger experience that’s perfect for a grab-and-stay home lunch while telecommuting!
8. Grilled Chicken Sandwich >
This sandwich is a favorite healthy lunch option for many members for a simple reason—unlike many grilled chicken offerings, the white meat on this sandwich is never dry. Pep it up with some lettuce, tomato and a swipe of mayo for a delicious lunch you’ll come back to again and again.
9. Meatballs in Marinara Sauce >
These meatballs are so good that members have to hide them from the rest of the family! Pair it with this super-simple spaghetti squash recipe for a big plate of filling pasta and meatballs you’ll love… for only 160 calories.
10. Margherita Pizza >
Members love to top this pizza with fresh basil, chopped bell peppers or onions to pump up the flavor before baking. However, it’s also great for a quick lunch all on its own. With 22 grams of protein and four grams of fiber, you never knew a personal pizza could be so satisfying.
11. Stuffed Shells >
Love pasta? Love cheese? Who doesn’t? These stuffed shells really are stuffed—loaded full of a mix of ricotta and Romano cheeses, all blended with spinach, Italian herbs and spices.
12. Ravioli with Meat Sauce >
This ravioli dish doesn’t skimp on the sauce, so each cheese-stuffed bite will be smothered in our meaty, delicious tomato sauce. This healthy dinner favorite is guilt-free, with 14 grams of filling protein in these delectable stuffed squares.
Enjoy these healthy snack options during your Netflix binge:
Everyone’s watching more TV while they stay home during the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Axios.com, a new Nielsen report shows that Americans streamed 85 percent more minutes of video content in March 2020 than they did in March 2019. If you’re going to snack through that new season or while catching up on an old favorite show, snack smarter with these portion-controlled, nutrient-packed versions of your favorites from Nutrisystem.
13. Butter Popcorn >
If you like your popcorn really buttery, this flavor-packed bag is for you. Members say they like to bring bags with them into the movie theater—it’s that good! But for movie night at home, no sneaking is necessary. Crack open the bag and start binge-watching with this delicious and healthy snack option.
14. Pepperoni Pizza Melt >
Our Pepperoni Pizza Melt has the same gooey cheese, crispy crust and spicy pepperoni as the classic from the grocery store. It’s just missing 90 of the calories. A delicious pro tip from Nutrisystem members that’s perfect for when you’re social distancing during COVID-19: Add an extra crunch by using the oven or toaster oven instructions instead of cooking it via microwave.
15. Milk Chocolate Flavored Pretzels 30-Pack >
Grab the 30-pack of this top-rated menu item and you’ll be ready when the TV-time munchies strike. Each bag is a perfect portion that crushes that junk food craving because it’s exactly what you’re looking for. Enjoy the crunchy, sweet-and-salty goodness and chocolatey flavor you love.
16. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar >
Nutrisystem bars are among the most popular items on the menu for a good reason. They’ve got all the flavors of your favorite candy bars but with protein and fiber to really satisfy your nutrition and appetite. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar has 11 grams of filling protein and six grams of fiber, so you’ll feel full faster and satiated for longer… without the sugar crash.
17. Spinach and Cheese Pretzel Melt >
Another melty favorite, this handheld pretzel melt is seriously stuffed with spinach and cheese. Chop up some vegetables for a crunchy side and you’ve got a quick lunch or nighttime meal idea that satisfies.
18. Chocolate Caramel Bar >
This bar is like magic: A perfect mix of chocolate and caramel so good, you’ll be amazed you can eat it and still lose weight. It’s got all the qualities you love in a chocolate bar. Chocolate, of course, paired with gooey caramel and a crispy crunch. Unlike those other bars, Nutrisystem offerings have balanced nutrition so you’re really satisfied by every bite.
19. Peanut Butter Cookie >
It’s only one cookie… but it’s super-sized. This big, chewy peanut butter goodie packs a punch of PB flavor into a soft-baked cookie. Break it into pieces or dive headlong into this jumbo treat while watching your favorite new show. Only one will be the guilty pleasure and it isn’t the cookie!
20. Lemon Zest Cake >
More than 1,450 Nutrisystem members have given this zingy snack cake five stars. Its punchy citrus flavor and gooey, sweet icing thaws in about 30 minutes out of your freezer. For an easy at-home twist, heat this treat so the sticky icing oozes down the sides of the moist, tart lemon cake.
Be sure to stay up to date with the latest healthy recipes and fitness tips from our wellness experts at The Leaf! We’re here to help you and your family stay healthy and happy during this time of social distancing during the Coronavirus pandemic.